Category Archives: St. Francis Hospice Raheny

Hospice Volunteer Gardeners Required

Dear members and friends,

The below message has come from St Francis Hospice, Raheny which the HSHS supports with our plant sales and donations.  Janet and David Jeffrey have managed one of the small gardens there which has given so much joy to staff and visitors, as well as patients over the years.  Now the hospice is hoping for another volunteer or two to take over this small garden.

We sincerely hope there might be a couple of people amongst our members who might respond to the following request from St Francis Hospice and be inspired to become volunteer gardeners . Our time spent working in such a welcoming environment, amongst wonderful people, has proved to be the most rewarding experience imaginable.

Over the years a close affiliation between the hospice and  HSHS has  built up, mainly through our Open Gardens and Plant Sales.  Let’s try and continue this worthwhile connection. Nothing could please us more. We will willingly provide  any further information.
David and Janet Jeffrey :

Please contact Barbara at the hospice or Janet and David directly for more information.  We would love to keep the garden and the connection with the HSHS going strong.

Volunteer Gardeners Required

St Francis Hospice Raheny is looking for two volunteer gardeners to nurture our beautiful gardens. Our gardens are at the heart of the Hospice and provide a welcoming, tranquil space for patients, families, staff and volunteers.

Commitment:  4 hours per week.

To apply please contact Barbara Kilbride or Brenda Lowry, Volunteer Department: / 01 8327535

Spring Plant Sale in aid of St. Francis Hospice Raheny


Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society

Spring Plant Sale in aid of St. Francis Hospice Raheny

GOOD NEWS.  Despite COVID-19 and the Lockdown, the HSHS long tradition of plant sales shall continue with full respect for government guidelines, and in aid of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.

We need homes for all those plants which should have been on the Spring Show Plant Stall. We do not have the storage capacity to maintain them till times improve. Unfortunately, as Janet and David Jeffrey are cocooned, they cannot invite you to visit their garden. Instead, Conall and Nuala have kindly agreed to distribute the plants grown by Janet and David, along with their own contribution and that of Karl and Marcella, from their driveway at ‘Ardan’.  Windgate Road.

There are hundreds of plants available, so plenty to go around. They all are looking magnificent! We will send out a list of plants in the charity sale shortly in a separate email.


Saturday May 2nd                            All times by prior appointment only

Sunday May 3rd                         All times by prior appointment only

How to Book an Appointment:

To ensure SOCIAL DISTANCING guidelines are observed only one family will be able to enter the driveway at a time.

You book an appointment to visit the plant sale by selecting one of the time-slots available on this Doodle diary. 

  1. Click on the link will bring you to a calendar where you can select your time to visit.
  2. Fill in your name
  3. Select the time you wish to attend
  4. Turn up to select your plants
  5. Put your contribution in the donation box in aid of St. Francis Hospice (no change available)

The driveway of Ardán, Windgate Road, Howth (the garden will not be open to visit).

    Funds have never been more needed than in the present crisis.

Do not arrive without an appointment, we must keep safe and respect social distancing.

Thank You Members and Friends

We hope you enjoyed browsing the 3 Open Gardens last Saturday afternoon.
An enormous Thank You to the owners – Conall and Nuala, Liam and Miriam, Erica.
And a big Thank You to all who donated to our Hospice buckets.
We raised an amazing €1930, all of which has gone to St Francis Hospice, Raheny.
If you would like to open your garden at a time that suits you, please let us know.

HSHS Members Open Gardens

We are delighted to announce that three of our members will open their gardens to members and friends on Saturday 6th July 2019 between 1pm – and 5pm all in support of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.

Ardán, Windgate Road, Howth
Stonecrop, Strand Road, Sutton
Elmbridge, Dungriffen Road, Howth

Directions to the 3 gardens will be emailed directly to members on the week of the event. 

The Tansey Open Gardens May 2018

A Note from St. Francis Hospice Raheny

On behalf of the patients, staff and volunteers, I would like to thank the members of the Howth and Sutton Horticultural Society for their very generous  donation to our hospice garden. It is much appreciated and will be used wisely. We are putting our thinking hats on about planting something lovely for us all to enjoy for many  seasons ahead.

Your thoughtfulness keeps us all going and the beauty of our garden feeds all our souls.

(Donation from our Spring Show profits)

Open Gardens Weekend A Great Success!

openphoto8openphoto1Thank you to the garden owners, allotment holders, and Howth Sutton Horticultural Society members who helped make the open garden charity weekend (21st and 22nd June) in aid of St. Francis Hospice, Raheny such a success. A total of 4540euro was raised for St. Francis Hospice and 976euro for Value Added in Africa. The gardens were  Conall O’Caoimh’s garden “Ardan”, The Jeffrey’s garden and Howth Allotments.

Here are a few pictures taken in Janet and David Jeffrey’s garden during the Open Garden weekend.  The sun shone non stop for the entire time, so conditions were ideal for our many visitors to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.


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